“Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” So the LORD God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one. He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him. So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the LORD God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’” This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.” Genesis 2:18-25 NLT
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV
The world was now six days old. Creator God watched over Adam throughout that day. They had enjoyed each other’s presence. He delighted in giving Adam a tour of his new home. But he knew something was missing from Adam’s life. Adam didn’t know, but God could see a longing stirring deep down in the man’s heart. It was not good. Creation was not complete.
He and Adam played a game. He would create a creature and set it before Adam and Adam would name that animal. They had great fun. They enjoyed each other’s presence, but there was a melancholy hovering over Adam’s emotions. He couldn’t understand it. Being in the Lord’s presence brought him fullness and joy, but it was like he wanted to share this euphoric feeling. He just didn’t know. All the creatures that had just paraded before him left him wanting something more; it had left him with a vacuum inside. The Lord knew what was lacking. He knew the missing piece of Adam’s puzzlement. The Creator had always known his final creation. The suitable companion for Adam was just a surgical process away.
“Adam I have one final creature to bring before you. Now, close your eyes,” the Lord commanded. With those words, the man fell into a deep hypnotic state. Yahweh has authority even over the sleep of man. The Great Physician began his surgical work with precision. He opened up the man’s side and removed a rib and part of Adam’s flesh. He closed the man with the precision of a great plastic surgeon. No incision was visible, for the Creator had authority over all flesh and bone. With Adam’s sacrifice of these two elements, The Potter fashioned the woman to be a compliment to the man. She was created to be his completion. She was his missing puzzle piece. He could share with her his joy of the Lord. There was no other creature in this garden who could fulfill this assignment. The Father and the Son worked together to mold the woman. She was formed from different elements than all others. They were formed from the dust of the earth . She was formed from the side of the man. She would walk alongside of him, helping him to tend and care for their home. All things were made by the Son, all things were made for the Son, and all things were made through the Son. So the Father and Son worked tirelessly and with great joy to bring this final surprise before Adam. There was also a sadness hovering as they crafted, for they knew “The Choice” that was looming before her. They could smell the evil aroma of the serpent slithering through the bushes. Only the Creator had the vision to see all paths ahead. The Pair looked far into the distance and saw a lonely treacherous road called “The Way of the Cross.” The road climbed upward toward a steep barren hill named Galgotha. The Father and The Son felt the separation of this hill, and still they wove the woman together. They loved her unconditionally. Her choice would not, could not diminish the great love of God. They looked over at the man still sleeping peacefully. Their unconditional love for Adam rose in Their hearts. They knew he would follow the woman’s choice. They had created them this way. He needed her and she needed him. Their work was almost complete; together they planted the eternity seed in her heart as they had done for Adam. As they planted, they dug past the dirt. They saw every inclination of the human heart would be bent toward evil, but they dug past that and planted the seed into soil. Eternity would call out to humankind at the moment of their greatest desperation. Yahweh brought life into her with His breath.
She was complete. The great tapestry was finished. Yahweh brought the final gift to the man. He touched Adam, and with the single touch of the Lord, Adam woke from his comatose state. Creator God placed her before him with great care. Adam’s reaction of great gratitude pleased the Lord.
Adam couldn’t believe who stood before him. He didn’t even know what he needed but the Lord knew. He couldn’t contain his excitement. Yahweh had given him a gift that was exceedingly, abundantly more than all he could ever think or imagine! “She is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh,” Adam exclaimed! He walked to her and took her into his arms. They fit. It was like hand in glove; the two became one. They stood before The Creator naked and unashamed for innocence and purity still flowed out of them.
Now it was completed. The Master Weaver absorbed the whole of His tapestry, and it was good. It was very good! With that the Lord turned out the lights for tomorrow He would rest.
The story of Adam and Eve taught me so much of Yahweh’s great love for me. The greatest love story is not the story of Adam and Eve. Theirs is the first love story in the history of mankind. The greatest love story is the Unconditional love of the Creator toward creation. The creation of man is the greatest poem ever versed. God created even knowing our inclination of our hearts is toward evil. He knows what we need even before we need it. He sees our deep secret longings . He brings us great gifts that we can’t even dream of. And the gift of His Son is the most inconceivable of all.
This was written with dedication to my gift from the Lord. With deep gratitude, I thank the Lord for the day He brought Kevin Paul Jones into my life. He is my missing puzzle piece. Together we have completed a family that is following the Lord.